Instead of stressing out about whatever I’m working on, I’ve learned to give it to God. (Well, most of the time I do that. I’m still trying to remember to do this more often.) THAT (only) took just over 40 years to learn…
When I send a note, write on the blog, write to a company, or answer an email, with my hands on the keyboard I say, “God, please let this be whatever You will make of it.”
If I’m building something, I can put my hands on the shelves or whatever I’m building and say a prayer over all the people who will use the shelves.
Parenting is a most important job! Our kids are placed in our care by God and they are His. He’s given us the honor of parenting. (Some people desire to be parents with all their hearts and never get the opportunity. Please let your parenting honor God.)
When we pray over our children, we often place our hands on their head or shoulders and say something like, “God, please send the Holy Spirit with our children today and let them shine for You. Please send Your Angels to protect them and give them the strength to be the people You are calling them to be.” (Our kids have told us the days we do this are more peaceful and powerful than the days we don’t.)
Here are some other practical ways to do this every day:
If you work in a store, pray over the merchandise before you open that day, for God to bless the lives of people buying the products.
If your work honors God, then you’re on the right track.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Colossians 3:23-24
~~> Maybe having a job is actually more than just selling stuff and making money. <~~
If you mostly do phone work, you can pray over your phone before work or all through the day just asking God to send healing to the customers you’ll connect with that day.
You get the idea. It may sound simple. (And it is.) But when you put this into action, amazing things begin to happen.
The truth is: We don’t have to work SO hard to make something look how WE think it “should” look or to make it “successful.” WE can do our best and leave the results up to God without so much stress we sometimes put on ourselves.
What I mean is that we sometimes let stress take over something that could be a fun or great thing (like opening a new business) and not all stress is bad. Even good stress is still stressful.
It’s the same thing with whatever you do, whether it’s school, home, or wherever you are. And it doesn’t have to be some big spectacle! You can say a silent prayer in your head as you walk.
At the store you can pray over the people who drive the cars as you walk past them in the parking lot.
Or if you’re jogging you can pray over the people who live in the houses as you run past them.
The people you see or talk with every day are not the same people I see every day. They are crossing your path for a reason and you may be the ONLY Light for Jesus they see all year. Let them see Him in you.
Recently I shared that we were praying about moving to Alaska to open the homeless teen place God’s put on our hearts.
A teenage employee looked right into my eyes as if asking for something but not exactly sure WHAT that is, “I’m still learning HOW to pray.”
I said, “Just talk to Him.”
~> “THAT” moment mattered. If I’d said nothing then I’d have missed an important minute to share Jesus with someone who may be looking for Him. <~
I am confident that when God hears someone pray for the first time, He listens and is pleased no matter how we think it sounds.